Schloss Jegenstorf. Photo/Foto: TES.

Imperial Residence Jegenstorf

The history of the castle goes back to the Von Jegistorf family, who also gave the village its name. The first documents with this name date from 1175. At that time there was probably already a castle. In the fourteenth century this family died out and families from Bern took over the castle, including the families Von Erlach, Von Bonstetten and Von Wattenwyl. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century they rebuilt the castle and the garden as it still is today. Since 1936, the castle has been managed by a foundation and houses a museum. However, the history of the castle did not end here. In the autumn of 1944, the castle becomes the headquarters of General Henri Guisan (1874-1960), commander-in-chief of the Swiss army, and in 1954 Emperor Haile Selassie (1892-1975) stays in the castle, which thus acquires the title of temporary imperial residence. (Further information: